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Page 8-Friday, May 5, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Truce reached with MOVE members

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Members
of a band of radicals called MOVE
began surrendering to police yesterday
under a fragile truce aimed at ending a
50-day blockade of their rat-infested,
red brick house.
Under terms of the agreement, the
city is to swap food and water for
MOVE's guns and explosives in the
hope that the mop-haired anarchists
will move on.
MERLE AFRICA, the first to surren-

der, leaped to the sidewalk grinning
and with hands thrust into her jeans.
She was escorted to a red police com-
munications van by detectives and
MOVE's lawyer.
Her comrades snapped crisp salutes
and shouted "Long Live MOVE! Long
Live John Africa!" as she was led away
for processing on weapons charges
stemming from a May 1977 confron-
tation between MOVE members and
police.

Under terms of the pact announced
Wednesday night, MOVE members
who are wanted by police will be
arraigned, then released on their own
recognizance and allowed to return to
the house. Another MOVE member
then is to go through the same process.
AFTER ALL the MOVE members
have been processed, they say they will
turn over weapons and explosives to the
city.

In return, the city will provide food
and water on a daily basis, and begin
dismantling barricades that were set
up March 16 in an effort to starve out
MOVE members. The agreement calls
for MOVE to vacate the three-story
Victorian dwelling, located in an in-
tegrated, decaying neighborhood,
}within 90 days.
Twenty-five persons, including six
children, are believed to live in the
house. One member, Ishongo Africa,
fled the compound one month after the
siege began. Many members of the
group have adopted the surname
"Africa."
WALTER PALMER, co-chairman of
the Citywide Black Coalition for Human
Rights, instrumental in forging the
agreement, said, "Thirst and hunger
never had anything to do with the set-
tlement. Others see it as an ordeal, but
they (MOVE) have a strong sense of an
elite, urban mission. The are strong;
their spirits are high."
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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Vice
President Walter Mondale promised
new warplanes and reaffirmed an
American commitment to defent
Southeast Asia in talks with Thailand's
leader yesterday.' He also said the
United States would accept tens of
thousands more Indochina refugees.
"Our own peace depends on the
Pacific area," Mondale declared in a
champagne toast at a state dinner.
Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan,
in his toast, praised the U.S. decision to
take in more refugees, saying it reflects
President Carter's "concern for human
rights and high standard of morality."
ARRIVING ON THE second leg of a
five-nation Far East tour, Mondale was
greeted at the airport by 33 saronged
Thai girls who sprinkled flower petals
in his path. Kriangsak told him in a
welcoming address that the visit
demonstrated continued U.S. "interest
and commitment" in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam took the occasion to denoun-
ce what it said is a new American
"military plot" to keep U.S. bases in
the region. The Mondale tour is eviden-
ce that the United States is trying "to
block the establishment of good frien-
dly relations between Vietnam and its
neighbors in Southeast Asia," Radio
Hanio said yesterday.
After a two-hour meeting with the
vice president, Kriangsak said Mondale
told him Washington would honor the
1954 Manila Pact and its protocols,
which pledge the United States to
defend Southeast Asia against "armed
communist aggression."
Mondale's press secretary, Albert
Eisele, said Mondale told Kriangsak
the United States would open its doors
to 25,000 more Indochinese refugees a

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